Dorothy Marie Kebodeaux Lormand, was born on August 15, 1941 in Lafayette, Louisiana to Louis Joseph (Bill) and Ella Lois Murphy Kebodeaux. She married the love of her life, Dalton Mitchell Lormand on March 22, 1959 in their hometown of Crowley, Louisiana. Together they raised a daughter, Jerry Beth Lormand. Dorothy always found the beauty in an unexpected snowfall, how fitting that she would leave this world during one of the most perfect snow days central Texas has ever seen on January 10, 2021.
Dorothy, Dalton, and Jerry Beth lived in Crowley, Louisiana, then moved to Terrell Texas in 1963 where Dalton was assigned to the Nike Missile systems, with the Texas Army National Guard. They later lived in El Paso, Texas, Mahwah, New Jersey, then they moved to Austin, Texas where Dalton became part of the 371 Support Battalion Airborne unit. Dorothy always jokingly said she could not understand why anyone would want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane. In August of 1975 they moved to Manor, Texas to enjoy the property they had and to enjoy raising their daughter in the country surrounded with horses, and later cattle and goats. Dorothy enjoyed working for the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) where she retired in 1997. Never one to sit idly by, she rejoined the workforce and worked for the Texas Senate for three legislative sessions.
Dorothy loved the Lord and her church. She co-taught Sunday school with Dalton for many years at University Hills Church of Christ in Austin, Central church of Christ in Pflugerville, and most recently was a member of the Manor church of Christ. Because of their love for the Lord, Dorothy and Dalton worked with the church youth group at University Hills where they helped the teens and college aged groups with workdays at the church building and at the homes of elderly members from church. They also hosted church hayrides, Christmas parties, game nights and various other youth functions and church parties at their home. One of Dorothy’s favorite parties was the Christmas party that she hosted annually. She always made sure that “Santa” had a gift for every child that visited her home. She served in the kitchen of church camp for many years at Camp Hensel and at Central. She and the other ladies would often cook for weeks prior to camp, in preparation of the arduous task of feeding over a hundred children and counselors. Dorothy had a servant’s heart and worked in many capacities with the church. She could always be heard humming or singing one of her beloved hymns.
Over the years they acquired a number of close friends in their military family as well as in their church family, many of whom they are still in touch with today.
She also loved animals and the farm life she shared with her husband. Dorothy could always be found by Dalton’s side as he fed and tended to all their animals. Most of all she loved Dalton, Jerry Beth and her future son-in-law Wayne Raney and time they all spent together working on projects and for holidays and anniversaries.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents, Louis Joseph (Bill) and Ella Lois Kebodeaux; her brothers, Joseph Narville Kebodeaux Sr. and wife Adelene Joseph (Bea) Lormand Kebodeaux, Clyde (Poke) Kebodeaux, and Daniel Louis (Dannie) Kebodeaux and wife Carolyn Kebodeaux; and sisters, Mary Kebodeaux Cernoch and husband Robert (Red) Cernoch and Helen Kebodeaux Fontenot, and her nephew Harry Wayne Kebodeaux and niece Patty Annette Cernoch Elmore.
Dorothy is survived by her loving husband of over 61 years, Dalton Mitchell Lormand; her only child and daughter Jerry Beth Lormand and Wayne Raney; her brother, Herman Kebodeaux and wife Martha, sister-in-law Joyce Kebodeaux and brother-in-law Bernice Fontnot Sr; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, friends, and her church family.
Family and friends will gather for visitation at the Elgin Funeral Home on Friday, January 22, 2021 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM. A Funeral Service will be conducted on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 11:00 AM with brothers Jimmy Anderson, Paul Robinson, Al Washington, Kirk Tooley and Johnny Paiz presiding. Interment will follow at the Youngs Prairie Cemetery in Elgin, Texas.